Over 1,800 digital professionals attend 6th edition of ArabNet Riyadh

Princess Reema bint Bandar Al-Saud participated in a panel that tackled building an innovation economy.
Updated 12 December 2017
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Over 1,800 digital professionals attend 6th edition of ArabNet Riyadh

Over 1,800 regional and international digital professionals, leaders and entrepreneurs gathered at ArabNet Riyadh — the largest and most influential digital conference in the Kingdom — to discuss the future of digital business in the region.
The event kicked off on Monday and the main conference day started on Tuesday at Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski.
The event is held under the patronage of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), hosted by King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), supported by Badir Program for Technology Incubators and sponsored by top companies in the Kingdom, including the strategic sponsor, STC, and other sponsors like InspireU, Al-Ahli Bank (NCB), Digital Media Services (DMS) and Al-Khaleejiah.
The opening ceremony featured an interactive session between Badir CEO Nawaf bin Attaf Al-Sahhaf and ArabNet CEO Omar Christidis.
Al-Sahhaf highlighted the efforts of Badir in enabling entrepreneurs and individual investors to effectively communicate and build sustainable strategic partnerships in order to support and develop successful technology projects in the Kingdom. He said that both Badir and ArabNet share the mission of helping grow the knowledge economy in the region.
Christidis said the conference highlighted the latest trends and opportunities in the Saudi market, in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program 2020, focusing on the development of the ecosystem and transformation of the Kingdom’s economy into a knowledge-based economy.
The opening ceremony was followed by a panel that tackled building an innovation economy. The panel, part of the Digital Transformation Forum, featured prominent public and private sector leaders such as Princess Reema bint Bandar Al-Saud, deputy of planning and development — General Sport Authority, and president of Mass Participation Federation; Basem Al-Sallom, deputy governor for marketing and communication at the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA); and Ahmad Al-Faifi, managing director, SAP Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Yemen.
Speaking about the digitization of education were Yousef Al-Ohali, CEO of Tatweer Education Technology Company (TETCO); Nasser Alluwaishiq, chief officer, content and digital solutions at Tatweer for Educational Services Company (T4edu); and Yasser Alobaidan, CEO of Jawraa.
ArabNet Riyadh featured the Innovation and Investment Forum with a dedicated track focusing on the investment landscape and improving the ecosystem and access to LPs and growth capital; as well as a track focused on startup growth strategies and development.


Shell KSA supports special needs children

The event organized by the Disabled Children’s Association was held on Nov. 12.
Updated 09 December 2018
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Shell KSA supports special needs children

Shell Saudi Arabia has announced the continuation of its sponsorship for the Disabled Children’s Association (DCA) art program for two years (2018-2019). The announcement, made at an event organized by the DCA on Nov. 12, is part of Shell Saudi Arabia’s ongoing support for children with special needs.

Since its establishment in 1981, the Disabled Children’s Association has become one of the largest institutions specialized in the care of children with special needs in the Arab world.

The program held last month promoted the skills and artworks of such children.

To mark the collaboration between the two organizations, Abdulrahman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Suwailim, vice chairman of the Disabled Children’s Association’s executive committee, presented a commemorative shield to Mohammed Al-Zomaia, Shell Saudi Arabia’s general manager for corporate development.

“At Shell, we believe in creating an inclusive culture where everyone can thrive. Today’s talent is more diverse than ever before. An inclusive environment is key to innovating, developing and retaining talent, and it begins with the youngest members of our communities,” said Al-Zomaia.

Shell has been active in the Kingdom for over seven decades and has a wide variety of social investment activities in the country, many of which are centered around youth empowerment, such as Shell Intilaaqah and FutbolNet.

Shell Intilaaqah aims to strengthen young people’s career options by enabling them to switch from being an employee to becoming an employer, or making the transition from seeking employment to creating employment. Shell’s trainees have set up 1,100 businesses, in addition to 500 existing small and medium businesses. Together, they created over 3,000 jobs. Shell Intilaaqah has been training Saudi entrepreneurs since 2010. Over the past years, Shell Intilaaqah trained, supported and mentored 10,000 Saudis — the majority of whom were women. 

Shell and Football Club (FC) Barcelona Foundation work together and use football to teach children the importance of values. The FutbolNet program is a 12-week football training course for children supported by dedicated coaches. Futbolnet aims to infuse values like respect, teamwork and commitment, which are key for the children to develop as happy, healthy and value-adding individuals.